Why We Must Be Careful What We Quote

Social media has made it all too easy for us to pin, post, and tweet quotes.

Most of us, myself included, are quick to hit the share or re-tweet buttons shooting funny, insightful, spiritual, and encouraging quotes out to the women in our church and community.

Oh girls…we have cause to pause before hitting that share button.

The thing is a lot of what we share isn’t Biblical or true.

We are pointing women (and others) toward authors, speakers, and books, rather than pointing them to God and His Word.

Just because the source is a popular Christian devotional, book, speaker, pastor, or author, does not mean it is Biblically sound.

God’s Word warns us that there will be false teachers. That we will long to have our ears tickled. That Satan will use other believers to deceive us.

Matthew 24:3-5 says, “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”

Matthew 24:24-25 continues, “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.”

1 Timothy 4:1 warns, “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

When we share quotes we do so under the title of Women’s Ministry leader. We are speaking as an arm of the church. That is a heavy burden and a great responsibility.

Other than logging off of Twitter and Facebook forever – what do we do?!

We can:

1. Quote and share God’s Holy Word. Taking care not to share out of context.

2. Talk with our Pastors about solid resources (books, pastors, and speakers) and weed out those that are unreliable or questionable.

3. Carefully vet those whose quotes we do share. Testing the spirits as 1 John 4:1-3 recommends.

4. Be aware of controversial Christian books, authors, and speakers and refrain from sharing those.

Let's embrace the opportunity we have to point our women to the one true God by sharing scripture and not quotes.

Let’s embrace the opportunity we have to point our women to the one true God by sharing scripture and not quotes.

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it, “ states Isaiah 55:11.

Your turn to share: Have you ever shared a quote you wish you hadn’t?

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